Finalists for 2017 Singapore Sports Awards shortlisted

13 Jul 2017

Singapore, 13 July 2017 – The Singapore Sports Awards (SSA) selection committees revealed the finalists of the 2017 Singapore Sports Awards nominees today.

Organised by the Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC) and Sport Singapore (SportSG), and supported by the Tote Board Group, the 2017 SSA honour the most deserving individuals and teams in sports for the year 2016.

The main awards selection committee was chaired by Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, Minister for Social and Family Development and President of the SNOC while Dr Tan Eng Liang, Vice-President of the SNOC, chaired the selection committee for the Sportsboy/Sportsgirl awards.

Ms Helen Soulsby, Managing Partner in Asia for Sports Recruitment International led the selection committee for the two Best Sports Events awards (local and international). The Most Inspiring Sports Story of the Year selection committee was chaired by Mr Robert Conceicao, President of the Institute of Public Relations Singapore.

The SNOC introduced a new award category this year – Best Sports Photo of the Year – to recognise excellence in sports photography and encourage avid photographers to take an interest in sports photography. The Best Sports Photo selection committee was chaired by Mr Tan Soo Nan, Chairman of the advisory board at The Photographic Society of Singapore.

The IOC Trophy – which takes on the theme “Sport beyond borders” this year – will also be presented to a deserving recipient at the event.

The winners will be announced at the SSA presentation ceremony on the evening of Tuesday, 8 August 2017.

Selection Criteria
National Sports Associations were invited to nominate candidates for the main award categories following a set of eligibility criteria which consider factors such as the achievements of the nominees. The selection committees then decide on the finalists and cast their votes via a secret ballot to determine the winners. Independent auditing firm KPMG will then tabulate the results for announcement on 8 August.

Award categories
Of the 10 awards, seven were finalised by the SNOC. The finalists for the three awards, Best Sports Events of the Year awards for both local and international categories, and the Most Inspiring Sports Story of the Year, were judged and managed by guidelines and criteria set by SportSG.

The award categories are:
1.    Sportsman of the Year
2.    Sportswoman of the Year
3.    Sportsboy of the Year
4.    Sportsgirl of the Year
5.    Coach of the Year
6.    Team of the Year (Event)
7.    Best Sports Event of the Year (Local)
8.    Best Sports Event of the Year (International)
9.    Most Inspiring Sports Story of the Year
10.  Best Sports Photo of the Year

Meritorious awards will also be presented to individual and team performances in the senior and junior categories.

Said Mr Low Teo Ping, Chairperson of SSA 2017 Organising Committee, “We are very proud of Team Singapore who have set a very high bar in sport excellence last year. Their outstanding achievements at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and world championships in Bowling, Cue Sports, Fencing, Silat, Wushu left many Singaporeans in awe and we look forward to recognising them at the Singapore Sports Awards. This year’s celebrations signify 70 years of Olympism in Singapore, and we hope future generations of athletes can continue to breakthrough and accomplish greater achievements on the sporting stage.”

Annex A – Singapore Sports Awards 2017 Finalists

Sportsman of the Year
1. Peter Edward Gilchrist (Cue Sports)
2. Muhammad Shakir Bin Juanda (Silat)
3. Joseph Isaac Schooling (Swimming)

Sportswoman of the Year
1. Feng Tianwei (Table Tennis)
2. New Hui Fen (Bowling)
3. Nurul Suhaila Binte Mohd Saiful (Silat)
4. Jasmine Ser Xiang Wei (Shooting)

Sportsboy of the Year
1. Bernie Chin Cheok Khoon (Sailing)
2. Malcolm Lai (Wushu)
3. Sheik Farhan Sheik Alau’ddin (Silat)

Sportsgirl of the Year
1. Amabel Chua Jiaying (Bowling)
2. Lau Ywen (Fencing)
3. Cindy Lim Xin Yi (Wushu)

Coach of the Year
1. Eddie Reese (Swimming)

Team of the Year (Event)
1. Canoe – Women’s K2 500mStephenie Chen Jiexian
Geraldine Lee Wei Ling
2. Wushu – Women’s Duilian
Fung Hui XinEmily Sin Min Li

Best Sports Event of the Year (Local)
1. Great Eastern Women’s Run 2016
2. Mission Foods Nations Cup 2016
3. OSIM Sundown Marathon 2016
4. Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore 2016

Best Sports Event of the Year (International)
1. BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore Presented by SC Global
2. FINA/airweave Swimming World Cup 2016 Presented by Yakult
3. HSBC Singapore Rugby Sevens 2016

Most Inspiring Sports Story of the Year
1. Joseph Schooling Reminds Us Of What It Means To Be Singaporean” by Leslie Tan, Red Sports, 14 August 2016
2. “No Big Deal? Such Sporting Deeds Deserve Retelling” by Rohit Brijnath, The Straits Times, 27 April 2016
3. “Paralysed After Accident But Leow Just Kept On Running” by Low Lin Fhoong, TODAY, 20 June 2016

Best Sports Photo of the Year

1. Photo by Danny Toh Boon Tuan An intense match between Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) and Anglo-Chinese Junior College at the 2016 Rugby A Division semi-finals as the ACSI player dived to cross the line for a decisive try. The moment captured the desperation of a player as he tried in vain to stop his determined opponent. The ACSI team went on to win in the finals against Raffles Institution.

2. Photo by Lim Weixiang Contrasting emotions on display at a rainy Singapore Sports School Council/ Football Association of Singapore Girls’ A Division Football 3rd/ 4th placing match. The team from Saint Andrew’s Junior College celebrated winning the penalty shootout, while their opponents from Meridian Junior College were crestfallen.

3. Photo by Chua Meng Hong Andy

Lights on me at the 57th National Schools Swimming Championship.

4. Photo by Desmond Foo

Eighteen swimmers took the plunge from Lazarus Island up north towards the tip of Sentosa’s Siloso Beach, to raise funds for the Lions Charity Show, a fund-raiser which benefits the elderly from Lions Home for the Elders and Lions Befrienders.

5. Photo by Alvin Toh

Olympic champion Joseph Schooling greeted by his father, Colin, at the Changi Airport after becoming Singapore’s first Olympic Gold medallist.